Collections and Connections Fall/Winter 2010 : Page 1

Jennifer Wilson, Editor Fall-Winter 2010 Over a thousand attend Harry Potter Night Collections & Connections Donned in robes, wizard hats and creature costumes, students and adults came in record numbers to the Kentucky Museum for the Harry Potter Night held Friday, November 12. The free event brought in more than 1,200 fans of the J.K. Rowling series from all over the Bowling Green area. “With the release of the latest Harry Potter movie, we felt this was the perfect time to offer this event,” said Christy Spurlock, Education Curator of the Kentucky Museum and organizer of the event. “We expected a good turnout and were very pleased with the response.” Nine stations, staffed by WKU Hogwarts students, allowed for plenty of good fun and activities. As participants entered the Museum, the sorting hat assigned them to a house and sent them on their journey for the night. Guests visited Hagrid’s Hut to view magical creatures brought in from Kentucky Down Under, sampled sweets at Honeydukes, and designed mysterious potions. Other activities included Harry Potter trivia, wand making, photographs with the cardboard movie characters, and a costume contest. The event was sponsored by Friends of WKU Libraries & Museum. Pictures from the night are on Facebook under KY Museum and on the blog at wku.edu/library. Christmas in Kentucky set for December 4th The Kentucky Museum is hosting its fi fth annual Christmas in Kentucky event after the Jaycees annual parade in downtown Bowling Green on Saturday, December 4. Thousands have attended the event over the past four years making it one of the community’s largest family programs. “We look forward to this event every year,” says Christy Spurlock, Education Curator and organizer of Christmas in Kentucky. “There will be plenty to do for all ages and free parking directly across the street.” The children who attend can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, say hello to Big Red, and make an ornament to take home. Mr. Magic will be on hand creating his balloon animals and a cake walk with Duncan Hines prizes is scheduled. Participants can also sample a treat, go on a scavenger hunt or simply enjoy the student-decorated Christmas trees. Spurlock encourages everyone to bring their cameras for picture opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus. For more information, contact Christy Spurlock at 745-6082. 1

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